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Professor Duncan Shaw and Dr Pat Tissington of The Aston CRISIS Centre recently hosted the seminar series titled Emergency Preparedness in the UK, funded by the UK Government's Economic and Social Research Council. Twenty academics and representatives of the emergency services and emergency planners from across the UK met for two days at Aston University to identify the ways in which researchers could help practitioners prepare for emergencies such as flood or terrorist attack. This first seminar concentrated on computer models and their place in making crisis management plans and is the first of five that will be held throughout the UK – each meeting focussing on a different area of research. The next will be in March when the group will focus on how the public can best be psychologically prepared for emergencies.

Emergency Preparedness in the UK